Kailasanath Temple travel information
is a pilgrimage city. A former Pallava capital (7th - 9th century), Kanchipuram
is filled with temples dating from the 8th - 17th centuries. These temples
are the perfect study of the evolutionary changes that the South Indian
architecture underwent while different reigns made their impressions on
Among the oldest temples
in the temple city of Kanchipuram is Kailasanath Temple, dedicated to
Lord Shiva. King Rajasimha, of the Pallava dynasty, built this Shiva temple
in the early 8th century. An epitome of an early structural temple, Kailasanath
Temple reflects the rapidly emerging South Indian style: gopuras, pilastered
walls, a pyramidal shikhara, and a perimeter wall enclosing the complex.
of limestone, the walls and vimaanam of this temple are filled with great
sculptures, and paintings. There are 58 small shrines situated around
the main shrine. Paintings of Fresco-style adorn the inner walls of the
shrines. It has an attractive panel depicting Shiva and Parvathi in the
midst of one of their innumerable dance competitions.
is the only temple at Kanchipuram, which is devoid of any of the recent
additions of the Cholas and Vijayanagar rulers. It is believed that the
temple also served as the king's shelter during wars and the remains of
an escape tunnel in the temple's precincts attests to that fact.
On the auspicious
day of Maha-Sivaraathri, thousands of ardent devotees converge to the
temple. The temple is far removed from the city and thus quite peaceful.
Under the maintenance of the Department of Archeology, Government of India,
tourists are allowed to freely photograph the sculptures in and outside
the temple, with the exception of the Sanctum and the main Deity.
How to Reach
Chennai (75 km) is the nearest airport from Kanchipuram.
Trains for Kanchipuram are available from Chennai, Chengalpattu, Tirupati,
Kanchipuram is well connected by a good network of roads.
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